City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

July 12, 2006

1-year-old, hit by car, dies at medical center

A 1-year-old boy was fatally injured in Lothian when a woman accidentally backed into him with her car, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

A woman, whom police have not identified, was dropping off her infant at a baby-sitter's house in the 1500 block of Carmody Court about 9:30 a.m. When the woman was leaving, she backed into the baby-sitter's 1-year-old son with her four-door Mercury Sable, police said.

The boy was flown to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, where he was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m., police said. A police spokeswoman had no further details of the accident, and she did not know whether the boy had been playing outside at the time of the accident. Police also did not identify the boy.

The incident appears to be an accident, police said, but the investigation is continuing and will be forwarded to the state's attorney office, police said.

Anica Butler

Harford County: Roads

Disaster drill may impede traffic

Motorists in Harford County might encounter sporadic traffic delays and road closings today in Havre de Grace, Bel Air and Aberdeen as 200 volunteers and several county agencies conduct a disaster-preparedness drill.

The daylong drill is the county's effort to meet the federal requirement that jurisdictions test disaster-response capabilities at least annually to maintain funding from the Department of Homeland Security, which is providing Harford with nearly $260,000 to conduct the exercise.

"We have gone to great lengths to minimize the impact on residents," said Robert B. Thomas Jr., spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. "They may know something is going on, but they will not be adversely affected."

Electronic road signs and other traffic controls will direct motorists and pedestrians away from drill sites, the locations of which will not be disclosed until today. The events will not affect major thoroughfares, officials said.

The county will provide updates on road closings to the Harford Cable Network (Comcast Channel 21 and Clearview Channel 7) and post information on the county government Web site, www.harfordcounty md.gov.

Mary Gail Hare

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